supererogation

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supererogation (countable and uncountable, plural supererogations)

  1. Doing more than is required.
    • 1841, Edgar Allan Poe, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue":
      And, therefore, it was thought a matter of supererogation to withdraw the nails and open the windows.
    • David Heyd, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
      Surprisingly, the history of supererogation in non-religious ethical theory is very recent []